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101  Special User Sections / N.A.N.Y. 2014 / Re: NANY 2014 Release - epCheck on: April 03, 2014, 03:14:57 AM
My vote is to wait for the Profiles feature, then release.   smiley

Thanks again!

102  Special User Sections / N.A.N.Y. 2014 / Re: NANY 2014 Release - epCheck on: April 02, 2014, 10:26:30 PM
Hopefully this is not user error but sorting option S01E01 does not save for me.

I don’t think it's user error; I'm experiencing the same thing here. I select the S01E01 setting in options and upon refreshing the Weekly View that is how it shows. However the next time I start Epcheck it is back to s01e01. (Or perhaps it's s1e1? Can't remember!)

Otherwise all is well! Looking forward to the next release!


103  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: jv16 PowerTools - using Indiegogo to 'fund'' open-sourcing it on: March 14, 2014, 01:18:14 AM
Started discussing this about six months ago, here:

Didn't make much sense then either!

104  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Netflix Mocks Amazon's Drone Delivery with Video! on: February 26, 2014, 10:26:22 PM
I personally thing we're looking at an acquisition in the not too distant future.  Yay us.



105  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Extension List Dumper (Firefox add-on) - Quick overview. on: February 25, 2014, 10:50:27 PM
There was at one time an extension called "Fx InfoLister" that did the above. The author decided not to continue the extension back when Mozilla initially put Add-ons Review Team concept in place and they were exceedingly stringent. They wanted him to do a lot more than he felt it was worth since his extension really did nothing but read the extension list and put it into a few different formats for you to save or print. A shame as it was a nice and light but useful add-on.

106  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Netflix Mocks Amazon's Drone Delivery with Video! on: February 25, 2014, 10:44:16 PM
Netflix published (I think!) a video that mocks Amazon's recent drone delivery promotion with a You Tube video titled "Netflix Drone2Home". Hilarious!

107  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: What Google Plus is all about on: February 16, 2014, 10:23:19 PM
Their bat, their ball, their ballpark - therefore their rules.

Don't [like/want/need] it?

Don't play. Go elsewhere. Cool

I don’t! Personally I don’t have the time for either (FB or G+), so while I do have accounts for both I don’t monitor them.

My wife had to tell me about my "wall" filling up with "likes" for Islamic pages all over the damn thing. I went a little ballistic at first - until I discovered that you can't really contact Facebook to complain about such activity. Thought maybe I'd been hacked but it's an email address that was created for Facebook and has never been used for anything else - just logging into Facebook. I can see all activity for that address and there was none at all, except for my Facebook logins of course. Plus I was able to see where - and from what IP address - all logins had been submitted and they were all really me.

Finally I found out that a lot of people suffer the same problem. It seems that there are services that sell "likes". E.g., you have a business and (for some stupid reason!) you want thousands of "likes" for your FB page. You purchase the likes from a service and they immediately generate however many you paid for. I guess they have found a way to associate "likes" with people's accounts without logging in and without any contact with the account holders. Nice, Facebook, really nice.

Anyway I just abandoned the damn account. I don’t visit it, don’t login. I don’t "play" there anymore. Can't be bothered with deleting it. I don’t really care - nothing else of mine is associated with it.

108  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Beware the Samsung rootkit on: February 16, 2014, 09:28:01 PM
I don’t think the poster at the XDA forum understands exactly what a rootkit is. This program ain't. It's not a nice program IMO, mainly because it does "watermark" your media files, and not just those downloaded from Samsung's service - at least from what I have read. MarkAny touts itself as the No. 1 DRM and watermarking company in the world, so their purpose is very clear. And if they only watermarked files downloaded from the service providing MAAgent.exe then simply don’t use that service.

It's reported that all parts of the program are removed upon normal installation. However if as the poster at XDA claims unrelated media files on your box are left with this "home-calling" watermarking, then it should be considered to be a bad program, and possibly even malware.

109  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Anti-Tracking Smartphone Pouch on: January 29, 2014, 12:06:55 AM
I'm just enormously curious because I've never owned a cell phone and currently have no intention of getting one, and I hear all these stories.

Well you sure are spending a lot of words for something that you don’t own and have no intention of owning! Why all the concern?

Just curious.

110  Special User Sections / N.A.N.Y. 2014 / Re: NANY 2014 Release - epCheck on: January 28, 2014, 09:51:06 PM
OK Jody. No biggie - I'll be careful.   Cool


111  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: RightNote Pro 50% Off Thru January 31 on: January 27, 2014, 10:46:22 PM
It's also worth noting that Martin Aignesberger's flagship program WebSite-Watcher can itself log in to web sites, and can also pass pages to Local Website Archive.  I haven't tried this myself but it's in Help for my 2010 (10.5) Business Edition, and certainly RoboForm treats WSW like a browser.  Maybe similar functionality might be considered for a future iteration of RN, though it rather depends on how much Rael wants to make it a web-capture specialist.

I had WSW for a couple of years and then WSW Pro for a couple more. However it got to the point where I wasn’t using it as much, plus a lot of what I wanted to capture wasn’t working too well. So when Martin changed WSW to subscription-based pricing I decided that it was too much for me to pay for something I wasn’t using that much. Also, for pages where I just wanted to monitor for pricing changes, some other services cropped up that work well and don’t cost me anything to use.

Thank you.

112  Special User Sections / N.A.N.Y. 2014 / Re: NANY 2014 Release - epCheck on: January 27, 2014, 12:00:29 AM
Hi  Jody.

Great program! I just downloaded it tonight and tried it out. What little I entered so far is looking pretty good!   cheesy

One issue I encountered: Gotta be real careful when resizing the window. I only had two series in it when I decided to stretch the window a bit. The default when I first opened it was a little too small on a 27" monitor. Anyway after pulling the right bottom corner down about one inch the screen froze. And I don’t mean only the epCheck window - I mean the whole screen! My cursor had changed to the little double arrow that it does when resizing windows, but it stayed like that all over the screen. I couldn't move the cursor over my taskbar - it just wouldn’t go there. Couldn't click on anything at all. The screen was just static. I couldn't clear the screen; ESC did nothing; neither Alt+Tab nor Win+Tab did anything. Just totally locked out. I could move the cursor and nothing else. I decided to try that old standby, Ctrl+Alt+Del, so I could hopefully bring up the task manager, and that finally worked! I restored the task manager and noticed at the same3 time that my cursor had gone back to an arrow. All was fine at that point.

Don’t know if this is related but lately (past two to three months) some programs have become non-responsive and I found that the Desktop Windows Manager (dwm.exe) was also non-responsive whenever this occurred. I don’t know if that was the case this time since I couldn't look at task manager or anywhere else for a time there, but I wouldn’t be surprised.

Running Windows 7x64 on a pretty beefy machine.

Thanks again!

113  Other Software / Announce Your Software/Service/Product / Re: New program: Ethervane StopWatch (freeware) on: January 26, 2014, 11:01:23 PM
  What good is it if there's no audio alarm telling you when the countdown reaches 0?  We're not always glued to the monitor.....  Just a thought....

I agree. I have discovered that I apparently need an audio alarm when the timer is finished counting down. The blinking just doesn’t get my attention most of the time.


114  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: RightNote Pro 50% Off Thru January 31 on: January 26, 2014, 08:42:41 PM
rjbull: I agree completely about Local Website Archive. I have had the pro copy for a number of years and it does make webpage copies as close to perfect as almost anything I have seen. However if I am capturing a webpage for a topic that I am researching I like to have it in the same program as the rest of my research notes.

BTW, the Firefox extension Scrapbook captures webpages as well as Local Website Archive IMO. If RightNote cannot capture a page - which occurs a bit more than I expected - I just capture it with Scrapbook, click the notification link to open the page in another tab, and then use RightNote to capture the Scrapbook page. This is especially handy when the webpage is a receipt or anything else that requires a secure login. Most programs have difficulty logging in and capturing such pages while Scrapbook scrapes them up perfectly.

115  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: RightNote version 3.0.0 released on: January 26, 2014, 12:08:59 PM
Hi diva.

I asked Neville about a discount - like maybe a reduced subscription rate for the first year - for users of the current Surfulater and he replied that he hadn't thought about it but that he would give it thought. That was a while ago on Bits. I haven't heard anything further about this though. Also I believe, IIRC, that Neville has stated that he plans to allow cloud storage or local storage, though I don’t know if he has that in the Next Gen version yet. No word on when it will be released, or at least I haven't seen anything about that yet.

Linkman! You mentioned tags in Linkman. I presume you are talking about the keywords? I have used Linkman for a few years now though I must admit I don’t use the keywords much anymore. Rather than a separate field for users to enter keywords, Linkman takes the keywords that the website builder uses for search bots or whatever. And Linkman pulls all of those in for each URL saved. I have some bookmarks that must have 200 to 300 doggone keywords! A lot of sites put everything in their keywords imaginable, which I don’t much like. I used to highlight and delete all the keywords that come in with the bookmark and then enter my own, but that turns bookmark saving into a PITA, in my opinion. I wish the Linkman developers would give us a separate field for our own tags/keywords, independent of the long lists that a lot of sites have. Actually if they would make importing the sites' keywords a user-configured option I'd be tickled!


116  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: RightNote version 3.0.0 released on: January 25, 2014, 11:07:06 AM
I notice that no one has mentioned Surfulater, a program I have used and liked VERY much for several years.  I've never tried RightNote, UltraRecall, or others mentioned here, but they sound quite similar to Surfulater.  That's why I'm surprised no one has mentioned it.  It's kinda pricey ($79 for use on up to five computers), but it's occasionally discounted, and even at full price it seems to me well worth it, though I can understand that the price may be a dealbreaker for some. 

I think the main dealbreaker has been the developer's blog posts about the future of Surfulater. Back in late 2011 - early 2012 Neville sounded somewhat uncertain as to the direction of continued development, and that always causes consternation among the users. In early 2012 he posted that he would have to re-code Surfulater in order to make it able to have mobile versions. He soon christened that re-write as "Surfulater Next-Gen". That has been in development since early 2012 and is still in development now, AFAIK. Latest version of Surfulater available now is 3.42.1, I believe, and that was released in Feb 2012 - just shy of two years ago. Whenever Surfulater is available at Bits DuJour some questions are posted there about the current version vs. the "Next-Gen" version. It currently appears that the Surfulater you have now will not be upgradeable to the new version. Next-Gen will be subscription-based and BTW: no more folders; Surfulater Next-Gen will use hierarchical tags instead. Methinks all that might have something to do with "deal-breaking"!

117  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: RightNote Pro 50% Off Thru January 31 on: January 24, 2014, 10:50:08 PM
For somebody new to note-taking software, what would be the main advantages of Rightnote over Evernote?
Thanks in advance!

To start you off, see this Mini-Review authored by rgdot. It's a bit dated but since RightNote hasn’t changed much since the review it is pretty up-to-date:

118  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: RightNote Pro 50% Off Thru January 31 on: January 24, 2014, 09:59:31 PM

Yes, I am familiar with the release history. However such histories commonly contain the main highlights of each release. I guess I could have been more clear:  I was hoping that if there were other new features or improvements other than the Evernote sync and someone here at DC was aware of them, they could tell me about them.

Clearly all the recent development has gone into Evernote sync. Although RN is truly useful software and very well done, the interface is sometimes awkward. I'm hoping Rael will also work on improving that -- for example, making the note tree auto scroll to always focus the current note.

+1. Also there are a number of other tweaks that RN could use IMO. Some I mentioned above but there are more that I didn't list.

Rael, am I correct that the discount applies only to new orders, not to upgrades from v. 2?  Thanks.
Why not just buy a new license at 50% off? I think upgrades for any software are rarely better than that, and often at a lower percentage discount.

Same price AFAICT. The January 2014 discount and the upgrade pricing are both 50% off, so there's no additional savings.

Actually I would spring for the upgrade at that price IF there was a compelling reason, like new features or major improvements. Either or both are to be expected in a "major upgrade". But if it is only improvements/changes to the Evernote sync, that doesn’t justify it for me. That might be more than enough for some users or even most users. Personally I would much rather see the current improvement needs and deficiencies addressed before adding major features, which will naturally take up all development time available and leave the other stuff at the bottom of any priority list or roadmap.

Thank you.

119  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: RightNote version 3.0.0 released on: January 24, 2014, 10:59:15 AM
Running the same discount this month - January 2014.

Unfortunately the items I mentioned in my above post that are missing are still missing.

  • No note attributes are available, which is important to me.
  • Plus no improvement in moving notes, which is really poor at this time. When capturing web content I often capture it to the wrong page. Pages are like sections with each item on a page being notes. With many pages opened as tabs across the top, I would need to first open the RN window, navigate to the correct page, and only then perform the capture. I find it easier to just capture at will and then move the captured notes later, when I have more time. The weak "Move Note" feature - cut the note from one page and paste it into another - makes this a more time consuming process.

Also, the Help file is fairly sparse. It reads more like a feature list than a true Help file. And there is no forum for RightNote, so you really have no resources to assist you with the program, other than submitting support emails. I can't call this poor service, since Rael has been responsive to requests for support. But a lot of times I would like to throw an idea or question out to other users; things that don’t really belong in a support request. But there isn't anywhere to do that.


120  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: RightNote Pro 50% Off Thru January 31 on: January 24, 2014, 10:43:45 AM
I purchased RightNote Pro v.2.x back in Feb. 2012. When v.3.0 was released I didn't upgrade. Mainly because the only changes I could see shown on the website was some tweaks in the Evernote sync feature. I haven't had much luck using the Evernote sync so I couldn't see the need to pay for what they are calling a "major" upgrade just for the Evernote sync changes. So I am still using v.2 for now.

Is anyone here using RightNote v.3? If so, can you tell me if there are any other changes/features/improvements over v.2, other than the Evernote sync changes?



PS- @wocius: I don’t know if the discount applies to upgrades or not... although that would make me very happy too!  However I doubt it; discounts are usually put out there to attract new users; developers usually expect to receive regular revenue from existing customers paying for upgrades.
121  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: jv16 Powertools 2014- Endorse Study Results Before They're Published?! on: January 24, 2014, 10:30:16 AM
OK - the fog is starting to clear, but just a little.

I received a message from Macecraft today announcing their Indiegogo crowdfunding page. Target is $100,000 to go "Open Source"! Wow! Link follows:

Interesting point is that the fine print states that they get to keep all funds whether or not the target is reached.

Flexible Funding
This campaign will receive all funds raised even if it
does not reach its goal. Funding duration: January
22, 2014 - March 23, 2014 (11:59pm PT).

That's a lot different than the Kickstarter campaigns I have funded. Those all stated that my money would not leave my PayPal account and go to the sponsor unless the Target was reached. If the target was not reached in the time allotted, no funds would go to them at all. Apparently Macecraft is playing with more favorable (to them) rules. They get to keep all funding regardless of the target being reached. Sweet deal indeed - for Macecraft!

Why have I not seen other programs that go Open Source doing this? Or is it fairly common and I just missed it?

122  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Why George Orwell wrote 1984 on: January 14, 2014, 11:17:55 PM
Kinda hard to tell exactly what W3C is including since the studios' requirements are being kept confidential. So the studios have indicated their "secret" requirements to the DRM vendors and W3C and W3C is providing an API that allows the DRM vendors the ability to include the solutions that meet those requirements. Whatever they end up with I fear that nothing will be quite the same. And with DRM being ingrained in the browsers methods for defeating it will be tough to come by.

123  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Why George Orwell wrote 1984 on: January 14, 2014, 09:19:07 PM
Well, the facts mentioned in it are true. As for his analysis, that's an opinion. A somewhat informed one, though it seems a bit extreme. Or is it?

124  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Why George Orwell wrote 1984 on: January 14, 2014, 11:19:12 AM
Interesting little post by Cory Doctorow on his Tumblr page. It mentions Orwell in its title though its not related other than being generally "Orwellian".

Here's the text, hopefully in good "fair use":


We are Huxleying ourselves into the full Orwell.

Try as I might, I can’t shake the feeling that 2014 is the year we lose the Web. The W3C push for DRM in all browsers is going to ensure that all interfaces built in HTML5 (which will be pretty much everything) will be opaque to users, and it will be illegal to report on security flaws in them (because reporting a security flaw in DRM exposes you to risk of prosecution for making a circumvention device), so they will be riddled with holes that creeps, RATters, spooks, authoritarians and crooks will be able to use to take over your computer and fuck you in every possible way.

As near as I can work out, there’s no one poised to do anything about this. Google, Apple and Microsoft have all built proprietary DRM silos that backed the WC3 into accepting standardization work on DRM (and now the W3C have admitted the MPAA as a member - an organization that expressly believes that all technology should be designed for remote, covert control by someone other than its owner, and that it should be illegal to subvert this control).

Once this is standardized at the W3C, all the alternative browsers (eg Firefox) will also have to ship closed, opaque, illegal-to-report-vulnerabilities-in software to support it.

And it’s basically all being driven by Netflix. Everyone in the browser world is convinced that not supporting Netflix will lead to total marginalization, and Netflix demands that computers be designed to keep secrets from, and disobey, their owners (so that you can’t save streams to disk in the clear).

We are Huxleying ourselves into the full Orwell.

I’m not kidding about any of this. I can’t sleep anymore. I think it may be game over.

125  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: PC Shipments Drop Precipitously in 2013 on: January 10, 2014, 09:15:54 PM
Hope you're right. I have an iPad and it gathers much dust. I don’t plan to give up my desktop computer. If Windows keeps turning toward touchpads and if Microsoft keeps going with their SAAS stuff then I guess I'll be learning all about the various Linux distributions.

Thank you.

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